Online and In-Person Group Violin Lessons for Adult Beginners

Learn the violin or viola from home with affordable video chat group violin classes, and online private violin lessons. Attend an In-Person group violin class held in Windham, and Portland, Maine ME.

Group lessons are affordable, fun, and a great way to make new friends—and maybe being part of a group will give you that little nudge to keep practicing! Our sessions will cover posture, holding the violin and bow, basic technique, and fun music. You do not need to know anything about the violin or music—this class is for absolute newcomers! You probably won't notice that every lesson is designed to build your skills methodically, and while you're home, you can access helpful info and pictures, fingerings, sound clips, and exercises from the students' section of this web site.

What You'll Need

Students will either need to rent or purchase an instrument to enroll in lessons. Affordable violins may be found online, and also from local dealers. For In-Person classes, rental violins are available from the instructor.

It is also recommended that students have a shoulder rest, and clip-on tuner. For more information, please visit this page. If you are renting a violin from the instructor in an In-Person class, the violin will come set up, and complete with everything you will need for class, a violin, rosin, shoulder rest, and tuner.

Adult classes are open to students 13 years of age and older.

A note about fingernails...kind of a strange thing to consider, but some have been unwilling to part with their long fingernails: if you have long nails, taking this course will require that you give them a trim (proper finger position depends on short nails.)

Advice on renting or purchasing a violin.

About Your Teacher

Over the years, I've been delighted to help people make violin and viola playing a part of their lives. I've been teaching for over 30 years in Seattle, and Olympia, Washington, Eugene, Oregon, New York City, and Windham, Maine. While in Eugene I taught for the 4J School District as an orchestra director, and conducted sectionals, and auditions, for the Eugene Youth Symphony. I've taught at the Suzuki Institute of Seattle, Tacoma Youth Symphony Music Camp, and been director of the Thalia Olympic Music Camp, and Seabeck Music Camp.

I have built a school that offers music education for not only children, but also for adults. This school has various programs for all stages in one's musical development, and it is such a school that says: "It is never too late to start. It is never too late to experience, and express through music."

It is my belief that the arts are interrelated and when given an insights into music making, these insights can lend a fresh approach to other processes. Playing an instrument is not merely learning technique, or reproduction of pieces, it can be a diving board for an exciting journey into self discovery through the world of the arts: composers, musicians, dance, theater, visual art and literature. I hope to pass this feeling of inter-relatedness on to my students and to give my students something to take home in their hearts.

It gives me great joy see students discover, and grow. 

Ed Davis

Attendance

Please note that missing class is not recommended, and you will need to practice outside of class! As every class builds one upon another, if you anticipate missing a class, you may schedule a private make-up lesson to keep current with the group.

In-Person Meeting Place

In-person group classes will be meeting in one of three locations, Windham, North Windham, or Portland, ME. Please see course descriptions to learn more. Exact location of our class will either be below with the enrollment information, or will be sent to you via email after you enroll in the North Windham course (please allow 1-2 business days for this info to arrive.)

Online Meeting Room

After you sign up for a video chat class, you will receive confirmation with links to our online class meetings (please allow 1-2 business days for this info to arrive.) To fully participate in video chat lessons, you will need an internet connection, and a tablet, laptop, or computer with a camera and microphone.

FAQs
Do I need to know how to read music to take this class?
No, we'll be using a simplified notation that will allow us to focus on playing.
Should I have my violin tuned before class?
Violins, and all strings, need tuning just about every time you wish to play, so one of the skills that we’ll be learning in the very beginning is how to tune the instrument.
How long are the lessons and how many students are there in class?
Classes meet once a week for a two months, and classes are 1 to 1.5 hours in length. We may be taking a 5 minute break sometime during a longer lesson. This course also includes one 30 minute private lesson. Class will be limited to no more than 7 participants.
How much will I learn in this class?
We are able to cover tuning, stance, holding the instrument and bow, basic bowing and rhythm, fingering technique, and about 3-4 songs.
I have had a month of lessons with another teacher, is this class for me?
If you have had a few lessons, it is still recommended to take this beginner course as we do cover fundamentals. If you have had more than 3 months of lessons, please write and describe your experience—you may be eligible to join a class that is further along.
Work sometimes will keep me late, what if I have to miss class?
Students who miss class may schedule a make-up lesson to stay current with the class. Lessons outside of class are a great way to stay current or to have extra help from time to time.
After this class, will I be able to continue where I left off?
Yes! Ongoing classes will be offered so long as there are students wishing to move forward. Continuing classes may be scheduled at a different time.
If I rent a violin, can I take it home?
Yes, you'll need to practice of course! Rental violins are due to be returned or renewed by our last class of the session.
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